The chapters in this book are intended to describe what is known and what is not known in several specific areas of childhood abuse. The opening interview with Roland Summit gives readers an opportunity to get acquainted with a pioneer in the field. An instrumental force in the study of child sexual abuse, Summit has indelibly impacted the work of the remaining authors and the field in general. The interview provides a personal and historical view of the development of the field and identifies problems and issues all professionals should be prepared to deal with.

A beginning chapter looks at the development of child sexual abuse research. Internationally recognized scholars, practitioners, and thinkers who have based their contributions on both research and practice experience emphasize the most critical unknowns in his or her area, reflecting on the subject much as Dr. Summit might have in the early days of finding out the now “knowns.” Chapters focus on sexual offenders, children's memory, adult memory for trauma, children as victims, treatment challenges of traumatized victims, victims in court, and treatment of dissociate identity clients.

When Paradigms Collide: Roland Summit and the Rediscovery of Child Sexual Abuse

When Paradigms Collide: Roland Summit and the Rediscovery of Child Sexual Abuse

When paradigms collide: Roland summit and the rediscovery of child sexual abuse

We observe according to preset categories and often cannot “see” what stares us in the face.

Stephen Jay Gould (1989, p. 189)

To speak publicly about one's knowledge of atrocities is to invite the stigma that attaches to victims.

J. L. Herman (1992, p. 2)

As we review the career of psychiatrist Roland Summit in the 1990s context of a powerful double backlash against the “True Believers” of the child abuse “sect” (Pendergrast, 1995) and the “fanatic feminists” (Faludi, 1991; Gardner, 1991, p. 121), it may be useful to remind ourselves of the world into which Summit and others dared to introduce the idea that the

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